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Grateful Dead Live at Market Square Arena on 1979-02-03

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Grateful Dead Live at Market Square Arena on 1979-02-03

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Candyman, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, From The Heart Of Me, The Music Never Stopped Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat-> I Need A Miracle-> Casey Jones, E: One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Market Square Arena
Location Indianapolis, IN

Source Audience Recording: Nakamichi CM700 mics
Lineage Nakamichi CM700 mics > Nakamichi 550 cassette deck> DAT > CDR
Taped by
Transferred by


set 2 only
CD Mastering, EAC'ed / SHN'ed by Scott Clugston


Reviewer: railroad hutchinson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 26, 2014
Subject: scar/fire
i have not heard them all, but oh man, this is an all time favorite
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2014
Subject: --
You're going to run out of superlatives for this one. Won't even bother here with a deconstruction - it's a fitting farewell to Keith and Donna in this weird no-man's land of pre-Brent '79. You'd be out of your mind to pass this one up - right-click that lossless zip or whatever's your fancy.
Reviewer: fuggitaboutit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2013
Subject: My First Show
Who woulda thought I could listen to my first dead show 34 years later? Too young and dumb to know how great this show sounded. Sounds great older and sober too. Thanks IArchive.
Drove up to Indy to see the band from Oxford, OH with the gang and no tickets. No need for a miracle back then, bought em there. No worries about the crummy seats, we went to the floor. When security said no dancing in aisles, we found folding chairs and added them to the 10th row, 11th row, etc. Then showing the old heads some rockin new dance moves.Vivid memories of a black-haired Jerry playing Fire On Da Mtn. Yeah, great!
Reviewer: sobersince85 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 14, 2012
Subject: WOW!
This is as raw, kick ass, passionate and energy driven Scarlet and Fire you will ever hear. I cannot find anything that can match it. I really love the Fire on the Mountain. Jerry is front and center and at his best. It just reaches into everything I love about this truely one and only great band that we all still have the good fortunate to enjoy on the Archive. 1978-79 were great years.
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 6, 2011
Subject: Sweet sound
Great sound on this obvious FOB recording of a great second set. Wonderful Scarlet>Fire. The band is ON for this concert. Where did the first set go?
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2011
Subject: Full Confidence 5 Stars
The heavy thump of the drums...the passionate, tortured wail of Jerry's guitar...SO GOOD, words fail me. According to iTunes I have listened to this show upwards of 40 times in the past 2's just so good, So Good!!! :)

The sound is PERFECT. Thank you GOD for this AUD. The microphones put you 1 or 2 rows in front of the stage. The audience is loving it, cheering every jam in rhythm, the sounding is bouncing lustily off all walls. The dude below has it correct. Weeping angels. Jesus on guitar. Get this NOW.
Reviewer: snow_and_rain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2008
Subject: Maybe best scarlet->fire ever
i know there are lots of nominees, and it's unimportant, really, which is best. this one is freaking awesome though.

please, please post the boards if you got em.
Reviewer: gilamonster58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 8, 2008
Subject: Outstanding!
If you're tempted to skip Drums>Space - DON'T! The jam out of drums features Phil at his best. Except for a brief pause after Scarlet>Fire (which has been justifiably praised here), the entire second set is non-stop. It just doesn't get any better!
Reviewer: mikeoberg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2006
Subject: What Gives?
This is an audience show. Where are the downloadable files?
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2006
Subject: 02/03/79 Set II
Fun --
Very crisp Aud tape -- sound tells the tale of the times...non-digital is still yumm yumm.
Under-rated, maybe -
mack daddy fun -- yes.
comeback for the keith...donna? --- hmmmm....God doomed GD keyboardests long ago -- and donna did herself in more than once -

but energy is extra royal with cheez and the fire is WAY bob marley
-- good jerr bear on this one.
Miracle > Casey...not great audio or vocals --- just good smiles and it's 79, man...

thank you, tapers. thanks to you,
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2006
Subject: A treat
An excellent show. The playing is tight and the vocals are on target. The Scarlet>Fire is better than most of 1977. Estimated is hot. In the middle of Wharf Rat, Jerry plays some blisteringly fast virtuoso guitar that is just amazing.

One of the last Keith and Donna shows, and they are great. It goes to show that they weren't kicked out for poor performances.

The sound is amazing for an audiance recording. It's too bad we don't have the first set. I'd love to hear China Cat>Rider
Reviewer: rick e. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 25, 2005
Subject: I think that this whole tour is underrated.
It almost seems Keith and Donna were making a comeback,compared to a good part of 1978 when they seemed uninspired.Jerry is on fire ,and the drums are tight.Check out January 8,10,15,and 20 !!!
Reviewer: verylazylightning - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2005
Subject: The Infinite Well
My God, how deep does the Grateful Dead well run?
After seeing hundreds of shows, collecting thousands of hours of tapes/CDs, listening to the
bastards an average of 3+ hours daily for the last
30 years - and then I offhandedly start up this show and the whole universe is re-created!!!
Reviewer: iknowurider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2005
Subject: wish I was still there
but I am glad Im still here too. I saw this site has added back GD and so I went to check it out. Glad they had this show. Read someone say they wish they were there. Well I was. Jethro Tull fan in High School, went to this show with a friend and changed my life. Music life anyway. Can't wait to listen and share this show. It built and built and then my friend and I looked at each other and thought who ARE these guys. Jerry was in his heyday. Bought shakedown and the rest is history. Many Roads- many shows. Had a tape once, but quality was bad, now I am dancing again. Thank you BOYS.See you at Bonarroo!
Reviewer: darkeyes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2005
Subject: tripalicious
saweeeet! The drums are the driving force in this set along with some killer licks by jerry. I've only listened up through FOTM and felt inspired to make a comment. 4 stars This one will bring a smile, smile, smile to your face.
Reviewer: StrawRider - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2005
Subject: It Trembled And Exploded
Came in here to check out the Scarlet~Fire and had my face melted by an intensely driven Other One. Jerry sheds your braincells in a manner of seconds. Whew! Where have I been, under a rock? This is a great Aud source that I have been overlooking. I would love to hear a soundboard or an official release of this show but this audience recording is phenomenal in its own right. Read other reviews concerning Scarlet~Fire, Estimated~Eyes and Wharf Rat but this Other One is a good one too.
The crowd loved this show, that's for sure.
Can't we go back? Please?
Reviewer: BigToeSnow - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 27, 2005
Subject: Energy!!!!
Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!
What an energetic set!
Scarlet through Drums is just OUT OF THIS WORLD, and the transition from Estimated into a speedy yet clean Eyes is hair raising.

Listen to the aud in the transition from Eyes-Drums and you will hear for yourself, those lucky enough to attend this show knew what they were involved in, as everybody is just howling when Micky and Bill carry the band out of eyes. Wow!!!

Wish I was there ... I'd give a left nut, seriously.

Download now. One of my favorite sets ever. Been carrying this show around for years, and like others who've held a copy forever, it was nice to pick up a clean, fresh, digital version. Sound is good for AUD, could be better, but still a 5 star for energy alone.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 16, 2005
Subject: Fabulous music by a renewed band
After listening to all of '87 through May, I have decided to complete my journey through Keith's last 50 or odd shows with the band.

2nd Set: Apparently the 1st set is Not available in a 'listenable' the gig starts at "Scarlet" for me. It gains a keen head of steam as we approach the 1st jammy section. Credit goes to the drummers' for picking up the slack. Wow, can I just state how much more pleasant it is to listen to a show with this energy compared to the bare-bones Dead that '87 is. The band's providing the unvarying background for Jerry to extend his sonic ambitions through "Fire." The peaks only continue through "Estimated" which enters intergalactic territory soon after its break from construct. "Eyes" is initially a tad too speedy but Jerry tempers the pace with his melodic singing. Again, it cannnot be stressed enough how much more of a difference the band sounds when its drummers aren't on autopilot. Their caring infuses the band with renewed purpose, so that playing the same 15-20 tunes twice a week does not become a chore/bore/snore.
"Drums" is fine, "Space" is sparse tho it becomes evident we're heading towards "TOO" around the 3:00 marker. This is a ride worth taking. It's urgent and propulsive if not explosive. The men are in the zone, if "Wharf" is not filled with the fanciest of embellishments, it's certainly fluid and tonally accurate. "Miracle" commences the transition into 'party music central.' A surprising move into an at first stumbling "Casey Jones." It's ironic because it's one of the simplest songs in the Dead's repertoire, and yet they consistently prove they have no idea to make it sound good/be an over the top rocker, live.
We encore with a breezy, airy "Saturday Night,"
that rightfully explodes hen it matters.
The set was looking like a 4 1/2r for its consistent high-end, aristocratic performances... however 'Casey Jones' broke that illusion. Still, undeniably worth hearing.
Reviewer: crazycatpeekin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2005
Subject: holy crap
this set is RIDICULOUS

all of it

every tune every rising jam every transition


also check out the FOX 11.30.80 for another scorching scar>fire
Reviewer: gratefuly deadicated - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2005
Subject: TO jamiejoon / BEST SCARLET EVER !!!
Reviewer: jamiejoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2005
Subject: best scarlet ever
Finally, a good copy of this show! I've been listening to this show for 20 years, from the same source as this, but alas we all just played our tapes to shreds. Easy candidate for most adored Dead tape.

Other reviewers are right: amazing quality for an Aud. In my opinion, this is not only the best Scarlet ever played, but one of the most blessed pieces of music ever created by humanity. You can just picture angels hovering over the stage and weeping. Such joy at such a wierd time for the band- go figure. The whole sequence from Scarlet to Eyes is up there with the very best dead for, what is it, lucidity, coeherence, flow, inspiration. It is, in a word, PERFECT. Download now, you'll see!

For more angels weeping, see St. Louis, Spring 77, set 2 Eyes (sing jerry, sing!). "how sweet it is". By the way, re: my extravagant claim of "best scarlet ever", I have a number of them, depending on which one I happen to be listening to, and I'm always looking for another "best" one- others include 12-31-76, 11-30-80, 7-13-84, and right now I really like 10-14-80 too!
Reviewer: MushroomEagle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 17, 2005
Subject: Surprise
The sound quality of this show is a HUGE surprise. I can't believe this is an AUD - it sounds damn good. This is one of my favorite shows mainly cuz of the setlist. These are all great songs, and might be my favorite estimated prophet - Jerry's Wah screams all the way through the first disc. Lots of great stuff here.
Reviewer: J. Jonah Jameson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2005
Subject: Nice
Small point: Jer leaves out the "ain't nothing wrong with the way she moves..." verse which is supposed to be before the solo. Like I say, small point. It's an incendiary Scarlet. This is a nice single-disc burn or chunk of filler, however you use it. This AUD, no joke, almost sounds like a soundboard, VERY clean. Funny how even as K&D were disintegrating they could still play and sound pretty good. Worth the download.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2005
Not sure how this stayed off everyone's radar screen for so long - but this postively kicks ass it is so hot. The whole show is and agree with the others I was banging on my desk hearing the smells and tasting the soounds all over again - The whole show is like this - Listen now!!!
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2004
Subject: Jerry shredding it.
If only the first set recording sounded as good as this one.

I have had this on tape for twenty years and always thought it was a highly underrated show. Nice to see that others feel the same way.

Anyone see "School of Rock"? Jack Black uses the phrase "face melter" to describe a ripping guitar solo... this show has face melters in spades. The positive reviews here are spot on. Listen to Jerry tear up the solos on Wharf Rat and you will be downloading the entire show faster than you can say "that WAS a face melter!!" I would give it more than five stars if possible.
Reviewer: fireonshakedownstreet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2004
Subject: it takes all you got just to stay on the beat
What is there to say? Its the end of an era. This is an epic Scarlet>Fire folks. Jerry is just ripping as is the entire band. The last run in Scarlet by Jerry is unreal. What a groove on Fire again Jerry is lightning fast on this version and he adds impassioned vocals to the mix. The segue on this version in nuts. One of the top Scarlet>Fires for sure. A very nice Estimated with Jerry taking some nice turns rising and falling. Eyes is fast, but Jerry's solos lends an ethereal 74 quality to it also; a killer version. The jam at the end of the third verse shows how tight the band was at this time. Drums>Space>The Other One. This is a serious Other One folks. Billy K and Mickey are pounding those drums for all their worth, Phil is dropping bombs all over the place, Weir is holding it down, and Jerry is just sailing in, over, and around a killer rhythm; it sounds like those reckless Other Ones of 69. Has to be one of the best Post Hiatus. A killer Wharf Rat follows. Jerry is just soaring on this solo. A killer Miracle with Jerry and Phil going bezerk. Casey Jones is ok and One More Sat Nite to go home. Also an excellent recording, you can hear the crowd clapping along, but the sound is right in front of you. Its like you're there FOB.
At this point its the end of the line for the Keith and Donna era, but the band showed no signs of letting up from their 78 efforts. You need this folks.
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 5, 2004
Subject: This is a hot scarlet>fire
The others are right this is definately worth listening to, great estimated eyes and cool drums>space excellent other one - this gets my vote...
Reviewer: dcain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2004
Subject: Passionate Scarlet
This starts sprightly, with a slight forward edge to the rhythm section. After the "look at it right" verse, Weir chops and punctuates crisply, providing a great platform from which Garcia can launch. His solo starts spot on, each note thought out. On the next go-round, he spends an entire verse strumming out chords. You sense he may be building to something, but what?

Suddenly, he rips into an incredible, impossible riff at what feels like the 26th fret on his board. What a jolt! This is what the Allman Brothers called "hittin' the note." A glorious piece of eight in the Grateful Dead treasure chest.

Wear a helmet.
Reviewer: Cletus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2004
Subject: Scarlet > Fire
The Scarlet > Fire segue is phenomenal. The best I've ever heard. The band is incredibly tight, Donna sounds great, Jerry is having some fun. I love that you can hear the enthusiasm of the audience, so into the moment, perhaps realizing they are part of a historic moment in Dead history. This was my favorite Memorex when I got a copy in '85, and it's still my favorite.
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